The average cost to rent an apartment in the GTA is $1,233. On top of that, average monthly expenses in a city such as Toronto are $1,079.10, according to Numbeo, a crowd-sourced, data-mining site.

At a minimum wage of $11.40 (the rate that applied for most of 2017), one person simply cannot survive on their own in Ontario. Here’s the math: If that person works 40 hours a week, they would earn $2,010.10 a month. That would leave them $302 short of being able to afford the necessities of living in a city like Toronto and a similar amount short in other cities in the GTA (and that’s without factoring in things like income tax and time off).